What happened? Almost thirty years of life and living, my friend!
Between the taking of these two photos, RDA was the lead actor on a wildly successful TV show for seven years, starred in a half-dozen TV movies, starred in and produced a short-lived TV series, and was the lead actor and a producer on one of the longest-running sci-fi TV series for eight years. Between these two photos, RDA became a father, and for years he commuted between Los Angeles and Vancouver weekly in order to spend as much time as possible with his young daughter. He retired from acting, built a new home, and became a single dad to a teenage girl, all while continuing to travel the world and advocate for better environmental practices. He also dealt with a number of serious health issues—including painful surgeries, a blocked heart valve, forced inactivity, extended recoveries, medications that caused weight gain, and chronic back pain.
The photo on the left is a promo photo, which means it’s carefully posed and shot and there were people on hand to style hair and the lighting is flattering. Judging by the hair and the jacket, it was probably taken during season 2 of MacGyver, which was in 1986-87, when RDA was about 37 years old.
The photo on the right was taken this year, 2014, by a paparazzo as RDA left the grocery store. No posing, no fancy lighting, no makeup or hairstylists. No warning that he was about to have his photo taken at all, probably, in which case he looks pretty damn good.
The man in the photo on the right is 64 years old. He’s just as funny and irreverent and intelligent as he ever was, and almost certainly wiser. He doesn’t have to live by Hollywood’s bullshit standards anymore and is probably happier for it.
Look. It’s rude to comment on other people’s bodies, even if they’re famous, even if “they used to be hot!”, even if you used to fantasize about them. Please don’t reduce RDA, or anyone, to a mere body with an attractiveness expiration date by focusing on something as changeable as appearance.
Bethany, I adore you so much for this! Thank you!
I still think he’s as handsome as ever :)
RDA is adorable! Why do people need to concentrate on his weight! The man is 64 years old FOR CRYIN’ OUT LOUD!
Seriously. Putting aside the fact that there are legitimate reasons behind his change in appearance - because those things are none of our business - the dude has no obligation to remain ‘attractive’ for you [random fans]. If I spent decades working my ass off to maintain a certain look and physicality for my career, you bet your ASS I would enjoy letting shit go once I was retired. So stop acting like celebrities owe it to you stay young and hot forever. Let’s see how you look at 64.
Generally I don’t nerd out actively as much here regarding updates to favorite tabletop games, but next week has me pretty stoked. Paizo is releasing the Advanced Class Guide for their Pathfinder Roleplaying Game tabletop, and it’s got me pretty excited for a number of reasons—
1) New classes— Yep. Ten new classes, each utilizing a set of skills inspired by the previous core classes, now available to play and expand on character creation of the popular tabletop RPG. From the charismatic swashbuckler to the zealous warpriest, it’s ten classes (each with their own set of archetype builds) of all new fun with friends.
2) New iconics— One of the things I loved about Pathfinder is how each player class in their game is an iconic character existing in the universe’s continuity. Each character is fleshed out with their own back story and why they took up the adventurer’s call. The Advanced Class Guide adds ten new faces into the Pathfinder universe, each ready to carve their own path of destiny.
3) This one is just a personal quirk of mine, but I like the even male:female ratio of the genders of this new batch of iconics coming to the Pathfinder universe. Especially towards the ladies, who have some well-written back stories that will assuredly put them on the path of strong female characters. Visually they look spectacular too— none of them seem to hit the stereotypical “fantasy female sexy wardrobe” one would expect. These ladies come pretty much clad head to toe in full armor, ready for a fight. It’s beautiful. c:
The Advanced Class Guide hits shelves next week… so glad I put in my pre-order. I’m stoked~
Ancient moon priestesses were called virgins. ‘Virgin’ meant not married, not belonging to a man - a woman who was ‘one-in-herself’. The very word derives from a Latin root meaning strength, force, skill; and was later applied to men: virle. Ishtar, Diana, Astarte, Isis were all all called virgin, which did not refer to sexual chastity, but sexual independence. And all great culture heroes of the past, mythic or historic, were said to be born of virgin mothers: Marduk, Gilgamesh, Buddha, Osiris, Dionysus, Genghis Khan, Jesus - they were all affirmed as sons of the Great Mother, of the Original One, their worldly power deriving from her. When the Hebrews used the word, and in the original Aramaic, it meant ‘maiden’ or ‘young woman’, with no connotations to sexual chastity. But later Christian translators could not conceive of the ‘Virgin Mary’ as a woman of independent sexuality, needless to say; they distorted the meaning into sexually pure, chaste, never touched.
Monica Sjoo, The Great Cosmic Mother: Rediscovering the Religion of the Earth (via thewaking)
Literally the most important thing you will read today.
(via diokpara)At 15, I shared this info in a presentation at my Roman Catholic high school. (The presentation was in English class. Topic: Hestia.) The faces of some of my classmates were interesting. I got 100%, but I think if the teacher had not been a Baptist, the grade might have differed.
The tallest statue in the world, Ushiku Daibutsu.
this always gives me chills
I’ve had so much medical treatment that I think the CEO of my insurance company personally hates me.
You don’t want to know how much my family still had and has to pay despite insurance.
I’m not yet healthy—but I’m HEALTHIER. And getting there. And I want to reconnect with folks online.
And that’s it for now.
A Bite From This Tick Could Make You Allergic To Meat
"A bug can turn you into a vegetarian, or at least make you swear off red meat. Doctors across the nation are seeing a surge of sudden meat allergies in people bitten by a certain kind of tick.
This bizarre problem was only discovered a few years ago but is growing as the ticks spread from the Southwest and the East to more parts of the United States. In some cases, eating a burger or a steak has landed people in the hospital with severe allergic reactions.”
Read more from Huffington Post Health News.
Now there’s a story idea for a vegan supervillain!
*raises hand* Yup. Happened to me. Red meat also always tastes as if the meat has rotted.
There are so many reasons I love this movie. The snark of the white haired guy is but one. (The prince-figure actually being tongue tied and, well, realistic as a young male expressing his feelings and of course offending her in the process is another thing. (I’m not saying it’s justified or good. I’m just saying I’ve seen many a male who really likes a female offend her while tripping over his own tongue in a similar manner.) And he grows! He does learn, people! But…we can hit him for this moment alone many, many times.)
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